Being alone, like silence

Can be intoxicating

Far more is said

in both instances

To the ear that learns

to hear.

And the heart that learns

to trust

Finding intimacy

in place of isolation

And  shelter in seclusion.

from ’21’ p. 2

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2 Responses to Shelter

  1. Cyril Blackstock says:

    We need to be careful as to how we approach ‘silence’.

    Silence, Biblical Meditation: “During these times we don’t sit with an empty mind and DO NOTHING; rather we open the Bible and read and meditate on it and we pray IN WORDS to God the Father through Jesus Christ the one Mediator by the wisdom and direction of the Holy Spirit.” David Cloud (Way of Life Literature)

    And He said to them, “When you pray, say: Luke 11.2

    Blessed is the man ….. his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Ps 1:1/2

    Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. Ps 95:2

    So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom 10.17

    “On the other hand, “THE silence” of contemplative prayer refers to pursuing God beyond the Bible, beyond thinking. It refers to putting aside thoughts through mechanisms such as mantras.” David Cloud

    THE Silence: Ray Yungen, author of A Time of Departing (Lighthouse Trails Publishing), says: “It is like putting the mind in neutral. Contemplatives say it is like tuning into another frequency. New Agers call it different things like a thin place, sacred space, ecstasy; whatever it is called, both New Agers and Christian leaders are telling us we must practice silence and stillness if we really want to know God.”

    Yungen gives this example: “In the BeStillDVD Richard Foster quotes 18th century Jesuit priest, Jean Nicholas Grou as saying: ‘O Divine Master, teach me this mute language which says so much’”

    • Jeni says:

      I guess if ‘With Him’, Him being the Lord Jesus Christ, is written into every line the meaning becomes more clear.As with previous blog ‘Beautiful to Him.’ All these Christian meditations centre on Him, and Him alone.Often His small still voice is only heard when we stop the frenzy of life and still ourselves in His presence. How can we be sure it is His voice? Check it in the Word. The Bible. x

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